The guys in Florida will finally see an upgraded training facility. Athletic Republic, prominent through USA/Canada/Russia, came through and added some shiny new toys inside the rink (excuse the photos. I took them on my BlackBerry).
The new upgrade has a full facility for everything from weight training, plyometrics and a giant hockey treadmill that gave me the mental picture of an endless conveyor belt of Canadians.
Word is there have been a couple players from the San Jose Sharks training up there during off-season, and maybe even some Panthers might give it a whirl.
I tagged along with one of the local sports anchors (one of the perks of being an intern at the rink: hanging out in the press box is an excellent way to network) to help out and he covered this story on the upgrade (which, by the way, includes his comical attempt at training like a hockey player):
Sharpening the Blades. — Dario Melendez, WINK News (partial videographer credit: yours truly… side note, I make a cameo at 1:19).